Nancy Albrecht, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Nancy started as the clinic nurse in April 2006. She was born and raised in the Midwest, but has made North Carolina home since 1987. Nursing is her fourth (and final?) career after stints as a counselor, daycare provider and childbirth educator. She is also a Certified Lactation Consultant and was involved with La Leche League as a member and leader for 15 years. Mothering and grandmothering is still her foremost role, however; her four daughters and two grandchildren continue to amuse and amaze her daily. “Working at WBWC feels like being at home,” says Nancy. Maureen attended the birth of her youngest daughter, Johanna, and her grandchildren were caught by the midwives of WBWC. Nancy lives in Raleigh with her husband. She also enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with friends and family. You may see Nancy assisting in the clinic at any time, but you are most likely to hear her voice on the phone. She is always available to answer your questions.
Emily Slaughterbeck, RN
Emily was raised in Chapel Hill and attended NC State. She pursued a career in nursing after realizing that her calling was maternal-child health, not managing a restaurant! She received her ADN/RN from Wake Technical Community College in 2013 and is currently working on her BSN. Emily joined the WBWC Clinic Nursing staff in March 2015 and has been cross trained to do home visits and assist at births. Emily now lives in Holly Springs, NC with her husband, four children and puppy. Three of her children were born at WBWC, which inspired her to support other women who desire care from our birth center community. She loves to spend time baking and cooking for her family, watching movies and traveling.
Asha Oakes, RN, IBCLC
Asha Oakes was raised in West Virginia where she fell in love with the birth process as a young girl attending her siblings’ births. She is the mother of two lovely children who were fortunate enough to have had a midwife in attendance when they entered this world. She relocated to Chapel Hill after previously living in western North Carolina where she obtained her nursing degree and began her work as a registered nurse. Asha’s time with mothers and babies gave her a variety of experiences in both out-of-hospital and in-hospital settings, but she has a special passion for working with midwives and mothers in an out-of-hospital birth setting. In 2013, she earned her certification as a Lactation Consultant and has been at the Center since then.
Missy Swanson, RN
Missy was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. She earned a BA in European History and Literature from Boston University. During that time, she traveled abroad to Italy, where she met husband, Andy, then a paratrooper in the Army. At Boston University, Missy’s discovered an interest in women’s health and midwifery while researching nineteenth-century health practices and midwives. After returning to North Carolina, Missy decided to pursue her passion first-hand and earned her BSN from Duke University in 2006. She started her nursing career as a postpartum nurse at Alamance Regional Hospital, taking care of new moms, their babies and premature newborns in the Special Care Nursery. Missy is a mother of four and three of those babies were born in the Peach Room at the Birth Center. Shortly after the birth of her first child in 2008, Missy began working as a labor and delivery nurse at WBWC. In her free time, she enjoys reading, photography, having adventures with her wild children and getting to know the area of Carrboro where she lives.
Tiffany Thompson, RN
Tiffany graduated from UNC Chapel Hill’s school of nursing in 2009. While in nursing school, she attended the birth of a friend’s son, which happened to be at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center. At that time, she became hooked on the beauty of an out-of-hospital birth experience. After graduation, Tiffany began working as a maternal-child public health nurse in an intensive home visiting program where her passion for improving maternal and child outcomes blossomed. Tiffany’s career has always focused on women’s health and she has carried her public health roots with her in her work as a Labor and Delivery nurse in both the hospital and out-of-hospital setting. Tiffany is continuing to pursue her passion for maternal child health as she studies midwifery at East Carolina University. In her free-time, you will find her spending time with her three nephews, learning new languages, discovering the Triangle’s great eateries, or planning her next trip abroad.
Kerry Wilgen, RN
Kerry earned her degree in nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1999. She is also certified in prenatal and perinatal therapeutic massage. Kerry lives in Durham with her four WBWC-born children. She has been working as a labor and delivery nurse at Women’s Birth & Wellness Center since 2002. Kerry provides sensitive support during labor so that women are able to attain their birthing goals as much as possible.
Laura Meyers, RN
Having relocated to North Carolina from South Florida in 1999, Laura now considers North Carolina her true home. A 2005 graduate of East Carolina University’s nursing program, Laura has spent all of her nursing career in labor and delivery as well as a mother/baby nurse. She is currently enrolled in ECU’s midwifery program. Laura first became interested in out-of-hospital birth after the beautiful home births of two of her three children. She comes to us from Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. Laura is married with three grown children and a house full of pets. She enjoys reading, gardening, sewing and crochet.
Robin Bretzmann, RN
Robin grew up in Virginia but has lived in North Carolina since 2001. She first joined Women’s Birth and Wellness Center in 2009 as a CNA and lab assistant while awaiting admission to nursing school to embark on a second career. She graduated as a Registered Nurse in 2012 and began working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, and later in an OB/GYN clinic, before making her way back “home” to WBWC as a clinic nurse. Robin has an adult daughter and two teenage sons, all delivered by midwives. In her spare time, she loves to cook, exercise, read and attend her boys’ swim meets.